March 15, 2019 Subject:
Great sound, fun show.
I wasn't at this show, never saw any show at this venue unfortunately. but have always enjoyed listening to this run. The Tennessee Jed is a hoot, the Tom Thumb's is high energy, the band and the audience seem to be having a fun night. Don't know why I never made it to the Capital Centre, they played some quality shows there.
October 6, 2018 Subject:
Limited version of Limited version
Middle date of a 3-day run at Columbia District's Cap Centre. I always liked that it was the "Capital" and not the "Capitol" (i. e. not named for being near the Capitol), though the mispronouncing (else misspelling) of the French "centre" not so much. The Dead played here on 13 tours with '87 being the first one as a run. '88 and '91 were both four day runs and '93's 3-day run was the last. So, with a total of 26 shows, this was certainly one of the band's big venues. Somehow though, it never seemed to gain quite the cachet of shows at the Omni or the Spectrum.
The night before has the first Loose Lucy since '74, a nice Crazy Fingers a powerful Miracle and possibly the greatest LiG of the year but this night has the best 1st set of the run (arguably the tour). It's a decent-enough run throughout, with an energized band ready to revisit some mostly-abandoned songs (4 in all: Loose Lucy, Revolution, B-T Wind, EZ2 Love You), which made this run much talked about at the time. Shows right after this were fun, waiting to see what would appear, that most of us had never seen. By the end of the Winter/Spring '90 tour, this show was in the top 5.
First Set. Good from the start and not a bad song in the set. Easy to Love You is the first since '80 and yet smokin'. Bobby slides it on the familiar Althea (from Without a Net). Not sure why it was Phil that was assigned Tom Thumb's; wasn't Bobby the real Dylan fan? Anyway, Phil really shines on this stab, namechecking Foggy Bottom for the locals. I always love the sequence Tennessee>Cassidy>Dough Knees and you can't go wrong there. The Tennesse is especially good.
Second Set. Mostly average '90, though Brent typically nailed his ode Take You Home throughout this era. The encore has been the focus. This is one of two '90s Revos and is the better one - and probably the main reason Terrapin Limited was chosen to be released so early (the rest of the tour being released in full 15 years later). Rider has an interesting, albeit sloppy jam. The jam out of the average Terrapin is the band at (attempting) their finest/exploring. But I don't know if it is as good on tape as being there. Wharf Rat, however, is a huge version. The trannies are perfect throughout.
1st Set: B+ 2nd Set: C+
Overall = 3¾ stars
Easy to Love You - 1st since '80 and never better; no rust here
Althea - it's Bobby's slide work that puts this version over
Just Like Tom Thumb's - Phil is rarely this solid
Tennessee - it's Bobby's statements underneath Jer that make it maybe the best version of '90
Revolution - This is the best post-'83 version
SOURCES: Released as Terrapin Limited (way back in '97, with a graphically stunted cover). At the time the sound quality of the CD was notable. The miller_105690 is a clear SBD (a Healy mic-matrix), so it has the energy that some prefer. Althea and Walkin' from this show are on the oddly curated Without a Net (without the "We Want Phil" chant), released way back in 1990, in what was then startling clarity.
January 26, 2018 Subject:
Classic run continues with night two. Terrapin, alone, is worth the price of admission. All-timer. Takes off around 14-15 mins. Haunting Brent keys. The Greensboro version (3/31/89) -- at around 12 mins -- from this year's 30 days of dead is reminiscent, but never soars as high as this one. Great first set, band firing on all cylinders, so much that Phil got in on the action with Tom Thumb's. Hey, it's his birthday! Hopping China-Rider to start the second. And even though the Terrapin rightfully gets all the attention of set two, I absolutely love the sequence out of space->I will take you home->wharf rat->stones.
April 8, 2016 Subject:
Really great playing in this show, everyone is together and has great energy. Easy to Love You is a treat, Althea and Tennessee Jed are both excellent too. Sound quality is top notch, as it always is with Charlie Miller uploads.
March 15, 2016 Subject:
So Glad I Made It....
Was blessed to have done this whole tour back in Spring '90. Some epic bust outs, and new found grooves, on the normal rotation.
This stream is crisp, and represents the energy, and most certainly the extremely tight musicianship of this night, 26 years ago today. The Cap run was a solid 3-nights of high energy shows, packed with some truly amazing versions of fan faves, and tunes bestowed upon us after some serious time out of the rotation. The rebirths of BTW & Loose Lucy were welcome additions to the mix. And even some set regulars, like Music Never Stopped, Tenessee Jed and Terrapin, on their respective nights, were absolutely blistered when played.
Feel very fortunate to have batted a .1000 for this tour. Catching the last Believe It or Not up at Copps, the Dupree's at the Knick and the EPIC Nassau Branford set.
Glad this available stream gives great representation of this show's high energy feel, as well as crisp sound quality.
August 7, 2010 Subject:
Excellent show. Check out Terrapin! I don't usually mention particular songs because it's so subjective but I think this version is incredible. I have this soundboard but I don't know where I got it. It might be this Miller remaster it sounds so sweet.